Facial Exfoliator

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Facial Exfoliator
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Thu, 10-24-2013 - 8:11am

Packed with antioxidants and enzymes, the humble pumpkin is as effective as it is inexpensive when used as a DIY beauty ingredient.  A quick note: if you’re using canned pumpkin, make sure it’s sugar-free puree and not pumpkin pie filling—as much as we like to be sweet-smelling, we don’t need to go full dessert mode.

FACE EXFOLIATOR: Scoop out the seeds from a pumpkin and drop them in the food processor until they’re a fine-grain texture — don’t worry about removing the stringy bits, they’re great for your skin too, since the enzymes in pumpkin flesh can help dissolve dead skin cells. Add three tablespoons of honey, which creates a moisture barrier, and five drops of cinnamon oil, which has antibacterial properties. Scrub your face for a minute and then leave on as a mask for 10 more to take advantage of the concoction's full exfoliating effects.

An All-Natural Facial Exfoliator & Other Surprising Uses for Pumpkin: http://www.ivillage.com/beauty-uses-pumpkin/5-a-550295

I would have NEVER thought to use pumpkin as a facial exfoliator!  Do you use any kind of facial mask/exfoliator?  If so, what do you use?

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Registered: 06-24-2010
Mon, 10-28-2013 - 8:42pm
I make sugar scrubs for my personal use. I've given some away as gifts, and they've been well received. It's just sugar, essential oil for fragrance, and I normally use almond oil (but you can use other oils too). I haven't thought to use pumpkin, but I do have a recipe for a pumpkin sugar scrub. It's just brown sugar and pumpkin pie spices, though.
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Registered: 06-24-2010
Mon, 10-28-2013 - 8:42pm
I make sugar scrubs for my personal use. I've given some away as gifts, and they've been well received. It's just sugar, essential oil for fragrance, and I normally use almond oil (but you can use other oils too). I haven't thought to use pumpkin, but I do have a recipe for a pumpkin sugar scrub. It's just brown sugar and pumpkin pie spices, though.
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Registered: 07-24-1997
Fri, 11-01-2013 - 3:45pm

I exfoliate and use a mask twice a week.  I use Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser followed by Clarins Super Restorative Comfort Mask.

I started on a Clarins regimen 12 years ago, when I was 39.  Over the years I've switched some of my products to Estee Lauder and Avon, but I rely every week on that exfoliator and mask.